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Update: ShopRite - Rochelle Park, NJ

ShopRite of Rochelle Park
Opened: 1955
Owner: Glass Gardens
Previous Tenants: none
Cooperative: Wakefern Food
Location: 220 W Passaic St, Rochelle Park, NJ
Photographed: May 22, 2024
Alright, time for another ShopRite post! Anything might seem unimpressive compared to Old Bridge, but up in Rochelle Park, Glass Gardens has done an impressive job transforming their original location into a much larger supermarket of close to 85,000 square feet (including a liquor store inside the supermarket).
We saw the store most recently as this expansion was under construction, and it looks completely finished now. Wow!
The grand aisle is now located entirely in the expansion except for part of the produce department. A very large prepared foods section lines the right side of the grand aisle, with multiple rows of salad bars, hot food bars, Chinese food, and a to-order grill. Sushi is in an island at the front of the grand aisle.
Produce straddles its previous location and the newly constructed area, spilling into part of the expansion. This store has been expanded too many times to count since it opened in 1955.
The deli and cheese counters are at the back of the grand aisle. Bakery is where deli used to be up next on the back wall. The rest of the store is pretty much untouched, with the exception of where bakery used to be tucked away into the front-left corner. That appears to now be a large walk-in freezer.
We can tell where the new store meets the old store based on the ceiling height!
Looking up towards the front of the new produce department...
And towards the back...
The bakery replaces the deli on the back wall. That has made this part of the store flow noticeably better, since people aren't waiting for the deli counter in the aisles. Interestingly, there's still no service counter for the bakery department, although they very clearly do a lot of baking in-store.
Seafood is up next on the back wall. Meats take up the rest of the back wall. Those departments' locations haven't changed.
Here we see some work still in progress, with parts of the meat department still very much in transition. Notice the older fixtures.
And the not-that-old decor of the dairy department has been removed in anticipation of new decor going up.
Here's where the bakery used to be in the front corner. From peeking in through the former bakery door, it looks like there's one large walk-in freezer behind this wall.
There are a few short grocery aisles in this front corner area.
Looking back towards the back wall of the last aisle...
And more frozen foods in the second-to-last aisle...
Looking across the front end, we can tell the bones of the store are aging (they really need to replace some of those ceiling tiles), but it's in good shape for the most part.
And continuing our circuit to customer service and bakery between the entrance and exit on the front wall. Well, I'll be back once the renovation is truly all finished up, but for now, things are looking good!